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MGRC to play 2 rounds Saturday after postponement

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Dangerous weather delays the start of the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Fallen Oak.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Dangerous weather delays the start of the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Fallen Oak. SUN HERALD

SAUCIER - Saturday sets up to be a long day of golf at Fallen Oak.

Friday's first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic was postponed due to heavy rain and lightning. Officials made the decision at 1 p.m. Friday after a pair of delays.

The postponement means that participants in the PGA Tour Champions event are scheduled to play two rounds, a total of 36 holes, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday at Fallen Oak. Gates will open at 6:30 a.m.

The second round will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The third and final round will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday with the gates opening at 8 a.m.

Event organizers cut back Thursday's C Spire Pro-Am to nine holes due to the forecast of heavy rain, but the wet weather arrived later than expected.

Scoreboards on the course Saturday were used to inform spectators to take shelter as thunderstorms crossed over the course located in rural Harrison County in the DeSoto National Forest.

Many of the competitors who had a chance to play the course this week prior to the heavy rain praised the conditions of the course.

Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer described Fallen Oak as being in "phenomenal condition" on Wednesday with perfect greens and fairways.

While the weather is supposed to be much better on Saturday on Sunday, the fairways will likely be a little soggy thanks to almost two inches of rain falling on Friday.

Likely the most popular group to take the course Saturday will be that of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie and Langer. They are slated to be the eighth group to start on tee No. 1 at 8:10 a.m.

Defending MGRC champion David Frost is paired with Marco Dawson and Lee Janzen and will tee off at 9 a.m. on tee No. 1.

Woody Austin, who won last week's Tucson Conquistadores Classic, will start off tee No. 1 at at 8:20 a.m. with Scott Dunlap and Michael Allen.

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